- A symbol is an object or an action that stands for something else. Writers
use symbolism to suggest an idea, quality, belief or value. What do the following represent – golden candlesticks, cows
streets, Proctor’s signature, and the poppets?
- Discuss the historical context for the play and its significance. Be sure to include
McCarthyism and the issue of blacklisting. Consult: www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAmillerA.htm and www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAmccarthyism.htm
- The word “crucible”, which comes from the Latin prefix crux
meaning cross, is defined as 1) a container of metal or refractory material employed for heating substances to high temperatures
and 2) a severe, searching test or trial. How do these two definitions apply to the play? What is their significance?
- The Crucible is a modern morality
play. As in the Greek tragedies, the tragic hero must die. What is a tragic hero? How is John Proctor a tragic hero? Why must
he die? What is his tragic flaw (the attribute that leads to his fall)?
- The word “proctor” means an official charged with various duties
especially with maintenance of good order. Is John Proctor appropriately named?
- If you were John Proctor, what would you have done at the end of the play?
- Was Arthur Miller successful in fulfilling his intent/purpose for writing
The Crucible? (What was his intent/ purpose? What was he hoping to achieve?)
- As an audience, what are we meant to learn from this play? Consult: http://summarycentral.tripod.com/thecrucible.htm
- Do we seek the truth as a society? Explain. What historical/ social events
resemble the Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism?